One of the most horrifying things for children is the idea of their parents being abused. Often, people pay thousands of dollars to ensure their parents or loved ones are well taken care of in their old age. Unfortunately, people take advantage of the trust given to them and use it to abuse to harm others. Unfortunately, this issue does not get the attention it deserves. Most people think that nursing home abuse is something they only see in the news. What kind of person would try and harm a defenseless elderly person? The truth is, abuse happens more than you think and in more than one way.
How Does this Happen?
The nursing home industry has a high turnover rate. Many places struggle to hold onto the necessary staff that they need in order to operate. Because of this desperate need for people, a lot of people who shouldn’t have any job caring for someone, get full employment, doing just that. The abuse these people inflict isn’t just physical. Sometimes it can be mental, or even financially. Whatever it is, these people take advantage of the situation they find themselves in. If you fear your loved one is being abused in any way, look for the warning signs. Sometimes, even home health care employees may abuse your loved one. Elder abuse doesn’t just happen at nursing homes. It can happen anywhere, to anyone.
Who is Most Likely to be Victimized?
Factors such as your loved one’s physical and mental state can greatly increase their odds of being abused. Those with any conditions which require special care and a person with a memory condition such as dementia are at an increased risk of being abused. Family members who are secluded, or live to far away in order to facilitate regular visits are also at risk. For financial abuse, family members who still take care of all of their banking are at risk. You can find the warning signs of financial abuse, here.
Seek a San Antonio Personal Injury Attorney
If you suspect that a loved one has been or is the victim of abuse in a nursing home in San Antonio, do not hesitate to seek help. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. You need to contact an injury attorney, seasoned in nursing home abuse. Villarreal & Begum Law Firm is knowledgeable in San Antonio nursing home abuse cases. We will protect your rights and the rights of your loved one. Call today for your free consultation.